Nathanson's Photography http://nathansons.com Photgraphy Santa Monica, California Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:31:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.6 Top Five Santa Monica Spots to Capture Timeless Family Portraits http://nathansons.com/top-five-santa-monica-spots-capture-timeless-family-portraits/ http://nathansons.com/top-five-santa-monica-spots-capture-timeless-family-portraits/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 10:39:31 +0000 http://nathansons.com/?p=1276 I love Santa Monica and the care-free, easy-breezy vibe that it omits. That comfort and calm sets the tone for pictures that convey that same kind of comfort (and love) shared amongst your family. Here’s a list of some of the Top 5 Spots that make for the perfect “back drop” for your timeless family […]

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I love Santa Monica and the care-free, easy-breezy vibe that it omits. That comfort and calm sets the tone for pictures that convey that same kind of comfort (and love) shared amongst your family. Here’s a list of some of the Top 5 Spots that make for the perfect “back drop” for your timeless family portraits: Palisades Park This lush, 25-acre park overlooking the Pacific is a wonderful place for walkers, bikers and people watchers, and connects with the broad Santa Monica beach made famous in TV’s “Baywatch” episodes. Great setting for your young and active family! http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g33052-d104249-Reviews-Palisades_Park-Santa_Monica_California.html Tongva Park Four distinct areas (Garden Hill, Discovery Hill, Observation Hill and Gathering Hill) featuring intimate display gardens, whimsical play elements with slides, a music wall and forts, spectacular views of the Ocean and Pier as well as space for relaxation, picnics and public art. This civic-minded park is the perfect spot for one-of-a-kind family snapshots. http://www.santamonica.com/visitors/what-to-do/attractions/parks/ Santa Monica Pier What’s more iconic than the Ferris wheel and roller-coaster sitting atop Santa Monica Pier? But that’s just the beginning; this amusement park is packed with rides, games, food and all kinds of family fun. The active and fun family could take over this park and create original photo keepsakes. http://santamonicapier.org/fun/ Santa Monica Beach Santa Monica State Beach is an iconic destination that draws visitors from around the globe. It is 3 miles long, covering 245 acres of sand along Santa Monica Bay. Broad stretches of sandy beach, rolling waves, meandering bike and walking paths, and inspiring views of the Santa Monica Mountains year-round. Of course the sunrise and sunset photos are always a favorite, as well as timeless. http://www.santamonicabeach.com/ Ocean View Park Featuring a great expanse of lawn and a grassy hill with spiral walkway leading to the top. The southern edge of the park is bounded by Ashland Walk, a short walking path that connects the Main Street area with the beach. A cozy spot for pictures that animates the vibrant and animated city we live in. http://www.smgov.net/Departments/CCS/content.aspx?id=32761 Why Nathansons? Photography is now loaded with creative choices so that we can produce and deliver a whole new level of artistic interpretation. We are now in a position to produce multigenerational art pieces to enhance your art collection to include commissioned projects of you and your family’s experiences to these new heights. These are products we feel very proud of and glad we are here to provide this high quality product for you. Learn more by visiting us online at: http://nathansons.com/ Photo Credit: Hrag Vartanian  Creative Commons License

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Benefits of using a Professional Experienced Photographer for your Wedding, Portrait or Commercial job. http://nathansons.com/benefits-using-professional-experienced-photographer-wedding-portrait-commercial-job/ http://nathansons.com/benefits-using-professional-experienced-photographer-wedding-portrait-commercial-job/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:31:30 +0000 http://nathansons.com/?p=1273 What are some of the Benefits of using a Professional Experienced Photographer for your Wedding, Portrait or Commercial job? Our photographers are guaranteed to: Uphold a professional standard. In their work they are to exceed the standard of practice in the profession as a whole. Our photographers will conduct themselves in a professional manor, with […]

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What are some of the Benefits of using a Professional Experienced Photographer for your Wedding, Portrait or Commercial job?

Our photographers are guaranteed to:

Uphold a professional standard. In their work they are to exceed the standard of practice in the profession as a whole.

Our photographers will conduct themselves in a professional manor, with spirit and dignity and confidentiality expected in their profession.

Our photographers follow stringent direction to ensure they deal fairly, honestly and helpfully with their clients, employer, fellow employees.

Our photographers are challenged to be proficient in their skill, care and shall act fairly and in good faith in all circumstances.

Our photographers at all times, and in all respects, conduct their profession within the limits of the law.

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Professional Photography is a very time intensive business. http://nathansons.com/professional-photography-time-intensive-business/ http://nathansons.com/professional-photography-time-intensive-business/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10:10:22 +0000 http://nathansons.com/?p=1270 Professional Photography is a very time intensive business. For every client that we work with there are hours of time not spent taking the photographs. Here you will find a quick rundown of just some of the “behind the scenes” work that is performed to ensure you get the best “product and service” we can […]

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Professional Photography is a very time intensive business.

For every client that we work with there are hours of time not spent taking the photographs. Here you will find a quick rundown of just some of the “behind the scenes” work that is performed to ensure you get the best “product and service” we can offer:

  • We start with a phone consultation to determine the client’s needs, sometimes multiple calls,
  • We open a file and start doing paperwork to track the client’s information and their session(s),
  • Once location chosen we driving to the session, occasional pay for parking and tolls,
  • Typically we spend from 1-3 hours shooting the session,
  • Then we have to drive back to the office before driving home,
  • At the office we start downloading the images (this takes a while with the high resolution files) then we have to look at each and every photo, choosing which ones that are best and will be shown the client,
  • Then comes the task of processing those images, no we are not perfect – some of the images will need to be
  • “tweeked”
  • Prepare images for review, creating a slideshow and online shopping cart for them,
  • After the client has the opportunity to review the images we then offer an in-person sales appointment to assist them with any additional questions or product selection,
  • Many client then ask for assistance designing custom items,
  • Now comes the time to start ordering their products, we do use various vendor so orders must be placed carefully to ensure the best pricing and quality product for our clients,
  • Once the order arrives we begin unpacking and inspecting the prints when,  Once inspected we package the order for delivery, pick-up
  • If shipping or delivering is required additional time is taken to properly package and insure the order.

We are very lucky to have a full team here at Nathanson’s so each photographer does not have to do all of the above tasks – but they have to pay someone else to do them.

It is estimated that we take between 6-10 hours of time for ONE session with ONE client. Which means that each photographer may only handle 4-5 clients in a week in order to give them the top-notch customer service we pride ourselves on.

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Canoga Park High School Senior Photos http://nathansons.com/canoga-park-high-school-senior-photos/ http://nathansons.com/canoga-park-high-school-senior-photos/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:32:03 +0000 http://nathansons.com/?p=1259 We are taking Senior Portraits for Canoga Park High by appointment only on the following dates: Thur 7/10(today),  7/11, 7/14, 7/16, 7/18, 7/21-25 with more dates TBA. The Canoga Park studio address is: 21831 Sherman Way  Canoga Park, CA 91303 Note: We are currently booking appointments for 7/21-7/25 only. A few other important bits of […]

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We are taking Senior Portraits for Canoga Park High by appointment only on the following dates:

Thur 7/10(today),  7/11, 7/14, 7/16, 7/18, 7/21-25 with more dates TBA.

The Canoga Park studio address is:

21831 Sherman Way 
Canoga Park, CA 91303

Note: We are currently booking appointments for 7/21-7/25 only.

A few other important bits of information regarding the photo sessions:

  • There will be a 40 dollar sitting fee due the day of your students session.
  • Students and their families will be able to view their photos and pick their yearbook photo right after their session.
  • As a thank you gift to the Canoga Park High School family for allowing us to be apart of this special year, we will be including a 5×7 Fine Art Watercolor print free of charge (a $65 value) on orders $100 or more, purchased on the day of the session.


If you have any questions please refer to your confirmation email that you will receive a few days before your appointment or you can call us at 310-392-4900

 

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Teaching The Camera To See My Skin http://nathansons.com/teaching-camera-see-skin/ http://nathansons.com/teaching-camera-see-skin/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 03:46:21 +0000 http://nathansons.com/?p=1218 Teaching The Camera To See My Skin Syreeta McFadden has learned to capture various hues of brown skin. When I picked up the camera, lighting brown skin in the grayscale felt freeing. How is it possible that the suggestion of brown, beige, cappuccino, cocoa, and sable skin was evocative in black and white? Somewhere in the […]

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Teaching The Camera To See My Skin

Syreeta McFadden has learned to capture various hues of brown skin.

When I picked up the camera, lighting brown skin in the grayscale felt freeing. How is it possible that the suggestion of brown, beige, cappuccino, cocoa, and sable skin was evocative in black and white? Somewhere in the grayscale, we didn’t look so off against white skin. The light was kinder. Or at least it was in grayscale that I learned the power of light and the limitations of the gear. I had control. I could capture blackness without producing a distortion of it.

Most photographers in the 90’s didn’t have that control. Unless you were doing your own processing, you took your roll of film to a lab where the technician worked off a reference card with a perfectly balanced portrait of a pale-skinned woman.

They’re called Shirley cards, named after the first woman to pose for them. She is wearing a white dress with long black gloves. A pearl bracelet adorns one of her wrists. She has auburn hair that drapes her exposed shoulders. Her eyes are blue. The background is grayish, and she is surrounded by three pillows, each in one of the primary colors we’re taught in school. She wears a white dress because it reads high contrast against the gray background with her black gloves. “Color girl” is the technicians’ term for her. The image is used as a metric for skin-color balance, which technicians use to render an image as close as possible to what the human eye recognizes as normal. But there’s the rub: With a white body as a light meter, all other skin tones become deviations from the norm.

It turns out, film stock’s failures to capture dark skin aren’t a technical issue, they’re a choice. Lorna Roth, a scholar in media and communication studies, wrote that film emulsions — the coating on the film base that reacts with chemicals and light to produce an image — “could have been designed initially with more sensitivity to the continuum of yellow, brown and reddish skin tones but the design process would have to be motivated by a recognition of the need for extended range.” Back then there was little motivation to acknowledge, let alone cater to a market beyond white consumers.

Kodak did finally modify its film emulsion stocks in the 1970s and ’80s — but only after complaints from companies trying to advertise chocolate and wood furniture. The resulting Gold Max film stock was created. According to Roth, a Kodak executive described the film as being able to “photograph the details of the dark horse in low light.”

Kodak never encountered a groundswell of complaints from African-Americans about their products. Many of us simply assumed the deficiencies of film emulsion performance reflected our inadequacies as photographers. Perhaps we didn’t understand the principles of photography. It is science, after all.

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Let Nathanson’s turn your phone pics in to works of art. http://nathansons.com/let-nathansons-turn-phone-pics-works-art/ http://nathansons.com/let-nathansons-turn-phone-pics-works-art/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 03:43:38 +0000 http://nathansons.com/?p=1216 Let Nathanson’s turn your phone pics in to works of art. With cameras on smartphones becoming more advanced, the best choice to take pictures is the device right in everyone’s pocket. Having a small, portable camera available at all times of the day is starting to become the norm over buying a large, expensive camera. […]

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Let Nathanson’s turn your phone pics in to works of art.

With cameras on smartphones becoming more advanced, the best choice to take pictures is the device right in everyone’s pocket. Having a small, portable camera available at all times of the day is starting to become the norm over buying a large, expensive camera.

There was a time when cameras on phones were a novelty. Low quality cameras took photos that were dark, blurry, and pixelated. Now, cameras that come installed on phones are capable of taking high quality photos which are good enough to want to share with family and friends. The technology has improved over time and it has created a desire to carry a camera to capture events as quick as they happen.

Nokia brand phones are offering the latest smartphone camera technology as it uses pixel oversampling. The camera will take a picture with up to 38 megapixels and then use that large data to create a sharp 5 megapixel image. The drop from 38 megapixels to 5 megapixels may seem steep, yet the technology is working with what the camera lens is able to capture. When large amounts of pixels are compressed together, the resulting photo can obtain a sharper image and brighter colors.

However, just because you have a great camera, doesn’t mean you can capture the best memory. Having a photographer with experience and proper lighting, and training is what takes the tool and makes the results you want. The 21st century advancements in digitalization have provided the necessary link, to provide our patrons with Family digital fine art. Many of our patrons have been with us for multiple decades so now we can provide them with this technological gift. We can deliver at the most creative level ever. You have become a part of this revolution. We can deliver art object by printing images that are wide open to the editing process. We can then choose different shapes, sizes, and multiple surfaces to best tell your life stories.

For source please visit http://guardianlv.com/2014/04/smartphones-becoming-the-best-camera/

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10 Tips For Getting Kids Interested In Photography http://nathansons.com/10-tips-getting-kids-interested-photography/ http://nathansons.com/10-tips-getting-kids-interested-photography/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 03:41:06 +0000 http://nathansons.com/?p=1214 10 Tips For Getting Kids Interested In Photography Sometimes it seems like kids today are born snapping photos. But if you want to help them explore photography beyond just selfies and Instagrams, it takes more than lending them your iPhone. So here are some great ways to share your passion with the young ones in […]

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10 Tips For Getting Kids Interested In Photography

Sometimes it seems like kids today are born snapping photos. But if you want to help them explore photography beyond just selfies and Instagrams, it takes more than lending them your iPhone. So here are some great ways to share your passion with the young ones in your life, and maybe learn something about your own photography along the way.

1 Take your time
Don’t feel like you need to jam everything about photography into your first session with a kid. The educators we spoke with emphasized communicating bite-sized ideas that children can play with before introducing more complex concepts.

2 Start with the familiar
All of the educators we spoke with suggested starting with subjects with which children are intimately familiar—such as their families and their immediate environment.

3. Expose them to exposure
After you have a few sessions under your belt, gradually introduce the concepts of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Be sure to cover each one independently. Come up with ways to clearly demonstrate the way each one works and how it might be used, playing around with motion blur, over- and underexposing frames, and more.

4 Write it out
Challenging children to write or tell stories about the photos they take is a key way to broaden their understanding of the work they’ve made.

5 Put down the camera.
It’s easy for the device itself to be distracting, especially for younger kids. Seeing results moments after you shoot something can create an overly speedy mindset.

6 Give them a project.

7 Make an edit.
In this world of throwaway shots and unlimited exposures, the art of editing has never been more important.

8 Teach them with film
Nothing makes kids slow down like knowing they only have 24 frames to work with.

9 Don’t be afraid of the darkroom
If you can rig up a home darkroom, it’s like giving a kid superpowers—the impact on his or her understanding and connection to the medium will be immeasurable.

10 Keep things light
When frustration sets in, it’s time to take a break.

For more information visit the original source of this article http://www.popphoto.com/how-to/2014/04/10-tips-getting-kids-interested-photography?page=0,3

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In a digital world, New York show wonders ‘What Is a Photograph’ http://nathansons.com/in-a-digital-world-new-york-show-wonders-what-is-a-photograph/ http://nathansons.com/in-a-digital-world-new-york-show-wonders-what-is-a-photograph/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:10:14 +0000 http://nathansonsphoto.webozy.net/?p=717 With no need for paper, prints or other traditional elements of photography anymore, a retrospective on the photographic arts raises several questions. What is a photograph? From photography’s very beginning, there has always been more than one answer to that question. On the medium’s official launch in 1839, a photograph was both a precise, one-of-a-kind […]

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With no need for paper, prints or other traditional elements of photography anymore, a retrospective on the photographic arts raises several questions.

What is a photograph?
From photography’s very beginning, there has always been more than one answer to that question. On the medium’s official launch in 1839, a photograph was both a precise, one-of-a-kind image permanently fixed on a mirror-like metal plate (the Daguerreotype) and a replicable print on paper, made from a paper negative (the calotype, or photogenic drawing).

Ever since, what photographs look and feel like has continued to evolve with changing technology and aesthetic intent. A camera or even a lens has never been requisite to the process (think of photograms, made by placing objects directly onto prepared paper), but a few ingredients have been constant: light, at least, and a photo-sensitive surface.

Now, with the advent of digital media, even those basics have dropped away as no longer necessary. What is a photograph? The answer becomes even more elusive, rendering the question either moot or newly pressing, depending on who’s asking.

For full article visit http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-whats-a-photo-20140223,0,1962612.story

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Unposed posing http://nathansons.com/unposed-posing/ http://nathansons.com/unposed-posing/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:09:33 +0000 http://nathansonsphoto.webozy.net/?p=715 I’m not a fan of posed portraits. I’m not even a fan of the word. Insincere exaggerated pretense is not how I want my images to look. I want honest responses, full-body laughter, and spills of emotion. A posed portrait maybe has a place in this world, but I am banking on my client’s children […]

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I’m not a fan of posed portraits. I’m not even a fan of the word. Insincere exaggerated pretense is not how I want my images to look. I want honest responses, full-body laughter, and spills of emotion. A posed portrait maybe has a place in this world, but I am banking on my client’s children and my own children wanting to look back at pictures from their childhood and see their real reactions and meaningful expressions. You can’t get that in a pose. But you can get it in a set-up.

I use a couple tried and true set-ups every time I do a family shoot. I used to worry that all of my work would start looking the same and I would be known as the photographer that always takes pictures that look like this or that and nothing more. What I have realized though is when the ingredients are different, the end result never looks the same. Families bring their own energy to a shoot and even if I do the same “pose”, if I do it well and give it my all, it will never look the same as another family doing the same thing.

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